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Hawkeye's back in a bad way. Armed and dangerous, Clint Barton is tasked with his most perilous mission yet. And what he discovers will revererate across the entire Ultimate Universe. Tasked on a covert and dangerous mission, Hawkeye finds himself in the middle of an international arms race--but on the brink of obtaining a serum that will change the course of mutant histor Hawkeye's back in a bad way. Armed and dangerous, Clint Barton is tasked with his most perilous mission yet. And what he discovers will revererate across the entire Ultimate Universe. Tasked on a covert and dangerous mission, Hawkeye finds himself in the middle of an international arms race--but on the brink of obtaining a serum that will change the course of mutant history, has the eagle-eyed hero aimed too high to succeed? Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye 1-4


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Hawkeye's back in a bad way. Armed and dangerous, Clint Barton is tasked with his most perilous mission yet. And what he discovers will revererate across the entire Ultimate Universe. Tasked on a covert and dangerous mission, Hawkeye finds himself in the middle of an international arms race--but on the brink of obtaining a serum that will change the course of mutant histor Hawkeye's back in a bad way. Armed and dangerous, Clint Barton is tasked with his most perilous mission yet. And what he discovers will revererate across the entire Ultimate Universe. Tasked on a covert and dangerous mission, Hawkeye finds himself in the middle of an international arms race--but on the brink of obtaining a serum that will change the course of mutant history, has the eagle-eyed hero aimed too high to succeed? Collecting: Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye 1-4

30 review for Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Well, technically I finished it. I finished the comic portion of it. I didn't read the script for issue #1 that was included in the back of the collection. In the Ultimate Universe, the nations we know as (I think) Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam have been united for some time into the Southeast Asian Republic* -- the SEAR. A couple of SEAR scientists invent a mild cold virus with a twist -- it spreads within hours and rewrites human DNA, making it incredibly resistant to change by t Well, technically I finished it. I finished the comic portion of it. I didn't read the script for issue #1 that was included in the back of the collection. In the Ultimate Universe, the nations we know as (I think) Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam have been united for some time into the Southeast Asian Republic* -- the SEAR. A couple of SEAR scientists invent a mild cold virus with a twist -- it spreads within hours and rewrites human DNA, making it incredibly resistant to change by the mutant X-gene. If released, no one gets any more mutants to be super-soldiers. (view spoiler)[Spoiler: it's already been released. No new mutants. Ever. Until your universe gets eradicated by Dr. Doom and recreated, but that's another story. (hide spoiler)] Unless you are the SEAR government, because the same scientists have been selecting and brainwashing 100,000 candidates for The Serum, which can overwrite the overwrite** and make pseudo-mutants loyal to the SEAR. Into this crazy, enter Hawkeye and a few SHIELD resources, out to obtain a sample of the serum. A good little story told in 90-odd pages. It sets the stage for Ultimate Comics X-Men and gives us a ton more insight into The Man Who Never Misses***. It was nice to see he's more than just the bastard step-child of Oliver Queen, you know? * The SEAR is basically a chance to use a large, foreign dicta-bureaucra-ship without calling out China by name. Sorry, China. You're full of nice people, but not a particularly selfless government. ** Really, Mr. Hickman? You're introducing the counter-counter weapon faster than Lex Luthor could in the 1950's!!! ***My caps, not Marvel Ultimate Comics

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    Ultimate Hawkeye seems to be the jumping off point for a larger plot about "the People", who are like mutants and are staging a revolution. It isn't really about Hawkeye being a badass, but nor is it like Matt Fraction's take on Hawkeye where he's more like an ordinary guy. Hickman's Hawkeye is... kinda badass, kinda snarky, definitely Fury's right hand man. It's okay, but I'm not that interested in reading more. I was most interested by the part Bruce Banner/Hulk played in this, I think, the way Ultimate Hawkeye seems to be the jumping off point for a larger plot about "the People", who are like mutants and are staging a revolution. It isn't really about Hawkeye being a badass, but nor is it like Matt Fraction's take on Hawkeye where he's more like an ordinary guy. Hickman's Hawkeye is... kinda badass, kinda snarky, definitely Fury's right hand man. It's okay, but I'm not that interested in reading more. I was most interested by the part Bruce Banner/Hulk played in this, I think, the way he was just brought in as a weapon of brute force. I think I might've appreciated it more if this was a story about Bruce and how he's used by Fury. As others have noted, it's kind of annoying that Hawkeye has powers here. Not very impressive ones -- modifications to his eyes -- but still. He's not an ordinary person who is preternaturally good with a bow, here. I think what makes Clint interesting to me -- and I come at it from the MCU angle, I didn't read comics much before I saw Avengers -- is that he is an ordinary guy, a soldier, a spy, caught up in a world of gods and heroes. I want to see this guy who seems destined for a supporting role having to step up to the plate. This is not that. Fingers crossed for Jeremy Renner's portrayal in the next Avengers film.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    There’s trouble a-brewing in South East Asia as some kind of supervillains wreak havoc in the major cities, and Nick Fury dispatches Hawkeye to deal with it. I think Hawkeye is really the weakest of the Avengers, take away his bow and arrows and he’s basically Bullseye only not as crazy. The book’s villains have to be among the blandest created yet. They’re imaginatively called “the People” and the serum that turned them into eternal gods from regular humans is called “the Serum” and the source There’s trouble a-brewing in South East Asia as some kind of supervillains wreak havoc in the major cities, and Nick Fury dispatches Hawkeye to deal with it. I think Hawkeye is really the weakest of the Avengers, take away his bow and arrows and he’s basically Bullseye only not as crazy. The book’s villains have to be among the blandest created yet. They’re imaginatively called “the People” and the serum that turned them into eternal gods from regular humans is called “the Serum” and the source where the serum is found – “the Source”. There’s not much else here anyone who’s read the Avengers before hasn’t seen but the book doesn’t really get going until Hawkeye’s joined by Hulk and the action ramps up, proving Hawkeye alone can’t sustain interest even over 4 issues. It’s not a badly written book but it seems odd that Marvel would call this a “Hawkeye” book when he plays such a small part in it - he’s really just there and that’s it but it’s a side story to a larger one (and not even an essential side story at that). I suppose fans of Hawkeye (are there any?) will like this but for fans of the Avengers, this is a very average outing for a very average “superhero”.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    It's all on for the forever armed and very dangerous Hawkeye as his Fury mandated mission sees him get caught up in both an arms race and a mutant serum. Once again Hickman sort of misses the mark for me, although this is OK. 6 out of 12. It's all on for the forever armed and very dangerous Hawkeye as his Fury mandated mission sees him get caught up in both an arms race and a mutant serum. Once again Hickman sort of misses the mark for me, although this is OK. 6 out of 12.

  5. 4 out of 5

    SA

    Dear Ultimates, HAWKEYE DOES NOT HAVE SPECIAL POWERS. But thanks for making a book about just him anyway. Always 50-50 on your titles, me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

    Call it 2 and a half on re-read. Man, comics were different in the early post 9/11 aughties. More militaristic, more missions and orders, more soldiers doing a job than heroes performing altruistic deeds. But in that context, Hawkeye manages to tell a pretty compelling story—I just wish the last issue had had MORE build-up, and the war-story of the first two issues had taken a little less page space. As it stands, it feels bloated and imbalanced, but the strength of the final issue helps even th Call it 2 and a half on re-read. Man, comics were different in the early post 9/11 aughties. More militaristic, more missions and orders, more soldiers doing a job than heroes performing altruistic deeds. But in that context, Hawkeye manages to tell a pretty compelling story—I just wish the last issue had had MORE build-up, and the war-story of the first two issues had taken a little less page space. As it stands, it feels bloated and imbalanced, but the strength of the final issue helps even things out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Oni

    And by saying that it was ok I'm being generous for once. I love Clint Barton, ok. Even the Ultimates edition but it was torture to read this, that's how little care is put into everything. We're fighting against the group called the people, they have a serum called the serum and motives that are very motivated. Hawkeye, pls don't miss and put an arrow through my eye.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gamal Hennessy

    This attempted re-imagining of the Marvel Universe tries to look at superheroes through a geopolitical power lens, but the idea is muddled by heavy exposition, needless flashbacks, and a anticlimactic non-ending. To make matters worse, the title character is little more than an after thought in his own book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    DOUGLAS J BERRY

    Some minor technical glitchs. A good story that seems to feature a new way of empowering humans that is very similar to the old methods. There is a technical problem with expanding the panels that cute off some words on the edges of panels.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Lipely

    Would of appreciated more of an actual hawkeye story, but still good

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Dailey

    It's fine.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paxton Holley

    Hickman writes a Hawkeye mini-series. VERY good. It looks like it's a prequel to Hickman's Ultimates series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Hawkeye goes on an op to find a superserum .

  14. 4 out of 5

    BooksAndRae

    Love Hawkeye so this comic definitely satisfied my love of his character but in my opinion I prefer the other Hawkeye comics

  15. 5 out of 5

    CinnamonGoodReader

    A very COOL book and I recommend it to everyone who is Marvel fan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh Brown

    Very much not my thing. Probably wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't on a completionist run for all of Hickman's Marvel stuff.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    Hickman tries to made some lemonade out of the lemons given to him by the way they broke the Ultimate Universe, and there are some good moments, as you'd expect. But not enough to recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    It's easy to dismiss Marvel's Ultimate Universe as a mixed-use experiment, but some good stuff came out of there - Miles Morales Spider-Man, Nick Fury's new incarnation, and so on - and it's important to remember that the cinematic characterization of Hawkeye, his attitude and looks, are a kind of fusion of the Ultimate universe and what used to be 616. I'm not sure what it is now. Further, Jonathan Hickman can write the fuck out of some dialogue, and so while many elements of this are placehold It's easy to dismiss Marvel's Ultimate Universe as a mixed-use experiment, but some good stuff came out of there - Miles Morales Spider-Man, Nick Fury's new incarnation, and so on - and it's important to remember that the cinematic characterization of Hawkeye, his attitude and looks, are a kind of fusion of the Ultimate universe and what used to be 616. I'm not sure what it is now. Further, Jonathan Hickman can write the fuck out of some dialogue, and so while many elements of this are placeholders and can-kickers, the limited Hawkeye origin that we get here, along with Clint in a leadership position at S.H.I.E.L.D. are worth a read, and Sandoval's art is clean and pretty, too.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I like the Hawkeye character. In the Ultimate Universe he is a soldier, not a carny turned superhero. His abilities have been enhanced, and he is more like Bullseye than the regular Hawkeye, but in the Ultimte Universe normal human heroes do not live very long. This darker, deadlier Hawkeye fits better, but the story he is thrown into still seems too big for his character. The villians are numerous, and their powers are Thor or Hulk level, so Hawkeye is not the hero you really want confronting t I like the Hawkeye character. In the Ultimate Universe he is a soldier, not a carny turned superhero. His abilities have been enhanced, and he is more like Bullseye than the regular Hawkeye, but in the Ultimte Universe normal human heroes do not live very long. This darker, deadlier Hawkeye fits better, but the story he is thrown into still seems too big for his character. The villians are numerous, and their powers are Thor or Hulk level, so Hawkeye is not the hero you really want confronting them. However, this is not truly a Hawkeye story. As the situation becomes clearer, more resources are allocated to Hawkeyes mission including the Hulk, but in the end, there really is no end. The Hawkeye story is just a prequel to a story that is continued in the regular Ultimates title. While I did like the insight on Hawkeye, and the overall story and art was pretty good, this book was really just a chapter in the Ultimates storyline.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    "There's an urgent mission only one man can handle." Hey, is this a comic book or this year's Die Hard? Lines like that usually guarantee I walk away and pick something else. But, y'know, I'm just getting back into the whole Ultimate line and I thought maybe this book might be relevant to the over-arching storyline. I guess we'll find out down the line if and when Hickman ties up all the eventual loose ends of his run when he leaves the title... First thing that came to mind while reading this bo "There's an urgent mission only one man can handle." Hey, is this a comic book or this year's Die Hard? Lines like that usually guarantee I walk away and pick something else. But, y'know, I'm just getting back into the whole Ultimate line and I thought maybe this book might be relevant to the over-arching storyline. I guess we'll find out down the line if and when Hickman ties up all the eventual loose ends of his run when he leaves the title... First thing that came to mind while reading this book was just how much Hickman made Hawkeye a Bullseye rip-off, a "guy who can turn anything into a weapon". Which is ironic, in a way, since Bullseye himself was a Hawkeye rip-off in the 616 universe during the Dark Reign period. We get a few guest stars in this story: Hulk (who doesn't end up doing much) and Nick Fury's untested Ultimate X squad, consisting of 3 unknown/generic mutants that are never properly named/identified and that we may very well never see again. Probably the most interesting things for me in this collection are 1:the Kaare Andrews cover art and 2:the sort-of origin of Hawkeye's joining up with Fury (told through flashbacks). That I prefer the cover art to just about anything in this book should be an indication of how middle-of-the-road I found this story. Other reviewers have already pointed this out but let me reiterate it: because of his past work, Hickman himself has already set the bar high in regards to our expectations for future stories and I feel that this was a throw-away story in Hickman standards. I'm ambivalent about the ending, though... Hawkeye tells Fury he fulfilled his mission (and does so by taking up A FULL PAGE WITH JUST HIS FACE AND HIS HAND HOLDING THE VIAL (!) ) saying "I don't miss", and six pages before that the Xorn guy says "very well, I will give it to you". Now that looks to me like Hawkeye is misleading Fury into thinking he used his whatever-skills to obtain it. But why am I going on about a book that I found average? Answer: See last sentence of previous paragraph... PS: And I also didn't care much for the inclusion of the script to the first issue of the series. Rant over. Addendum: In hindsight, after reading "Ultimates" vol.1 (Hickman's run), I can see that having included Hawkeye's story in the main title would've been too much at the same time (because so much is already happening in main title) and I can see why they felt they (Marvel)needed to separate the two, but this 4-issue story could easily have been told in 3. That would explain all the wasted space in this story arc, art-wise. Overall, not a bad book per se, I just expected more...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Fun, moves along at a quick pace, gets us interested in a whole new piece to the Ultimate Universe puzzle. Hickman gives us a Clint Barton with a chip on his shoulder, focused and determined but a little wild too. Sexy 21st century Hawkeye. Gets off to a quick start - action movie style. And some fun battles and villains. Felt like it was over too soon. I've tried to think of something more to write about the book in this review for three days now after finishing the book. I finally realised that Fun, moves along at a quick pace, gets us interested in a whole new piece to the Ultimate Universe puzzle. Hickman gives us a Clint Barton with a chip on his shoulder, focused and determined but a little wild too. Sexy 21st century Hawkeye. Gets off to a quick start - action movie style. And some fun battles and villains. Felt like it was over too soon. I've tried to think of something more to write about the book in this review for three days now after finishing the book. I finally realised that *that* is telling: there's really not much to say. Usually a Hickman book is chock full of layers, backstory, intelligent commentary on humanity and the world. Hell, even his FF work shows he's put some thought into why Reed is doing the crazy stuff he does. Here though? It feels like a bubblegum action movie. Fun while it lasted, engaging during the show, entirely forgettable after. Three days hence, I can't really remember anything that happened or what the characters stood for. For almost anyone else's books that's not uncommon. Hickman has set an incredibly high bar for himself with me, and it's a crime that this was so "thin". I'm glad I read it, but I'm sure glad I only borrowed it. My plot spoiler notes: (view spoiler)[The SEAR government created a virus that was intended to remove the x-gene from the world population, and a serum that would create new super-powered humans controlled by them. Hawkeye shows up a month later when three such supes attack a Triskelion, and he kills them. Two SEAR state scientists have shown up seeking asylum. Hawkeye leads a rescue effort to keep the scientists alive so they can create more serum for Fury. No can do. Meanwhile, the supes announce they've taken over collective control of SEAR, and opening up the serum to all who wish to join at the city of Tian. In response, Fury sends the Ultimate X team and the Hulk. They invade Northern and Southern cities of Tian, discover the Source (serum) is abundant, and that two brothers rule the twin cities which house Celestials and Eternals. The Celestials (257) are led by Xorn, and the Eternals (100k) are led by Zorn. Zorn believes in destruction, Xorn in enlightenment. Members of Ultimate X chose to stay in Tian, but Hulk was kicked out and Barton left with the Serum. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I was never a fan of Hawkeye, at least not in the "regular" Marvel Universe, but I loved Mark Millar's interpretation of the character in The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection, so of course I had to check out the Ultimate Comics Hawkeye trade, which collects the full 4-issue limited series by Jonathan Hickman and Rafa Sandoval. I was hoping this would be more of an origin story like Ultimate Comics Thor, and while there are some flashback scenes that clue us into Clint Barton's past, the story is mo I was never a fan of Hawkeye, at least not in the "regular" Marvel Universe, but I loved Mark Millar's interpretation of the character in The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection, so of course I had to check out the Ultimate Comics Hawkeye trade, which collects the full 4-issue limited series by Jonathan Hickman and Rafa Sandoval. I was hoping this would be more of an origin story like Ultimate Comics Thor, and while there are some flashback scenes that clue us into Clint Barton's past, the story is mostly set in the present day, with Hawkeye being sent to southeast Asia in response to a combination bio-warfare attack and mutant uprising. The story ties directly into the Ultimate Comics X-Men by Nick Spencer - Volume 2 series, and to be honest it's not anything special. The flashback scenes are the most interesting, as that's where we see the extent of Hawkeye's abilities - natural and engineered - and the complexity of his relationship with Nick Fury. Hawkeye comes across like a Jason Bourne/Bullseye hybrid here instead of some gimmicky Green Arrow knockoff, which is a plus. If the storyline is average, the artwork is anything but. Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Mystery) does a fantastic job here, and is a great example of the modern Marvel style, bringing dynamic action and expressive characters together in a very cinematic way. I also love seeing Hawkeye back in a more functional costume instead of that `90s clown suit Joe Madureira put him in during the Ultimates 3: Who Killed The Scarlet Witch? (v. 1) debacle. I have to give Ultimate Comics Hawkeye a 3.5 star rating overall - 3 stars for the story and 4 stars for the artwork. It definitely could have been better, but I'm still glad I picked it up. If you're a fan of the character, this is worth checking out.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David

    This isn't one of the stronger books in the Ultimates universe, but it's fairly entertaining. The story is short and the pace is quick, so anyone with half an hour to kill could read this and move on with their lives. The story is the biggest weak point. While it's nothing too terribly boring or clichéd (it's not original, but a cool idea nonetheless), my biggest problem is that the story seems designed solely to set up a race of man-made mutants, which then only appear in a few books after this This isn't one of the stronger books in the Ultimates universe, but it's fairly entertaining. The story is short and the pace is quick, so anyone with half an hour to kill could read this and move on with their lives. The story is the biggest weak point. While it's nothing too terribly boring or clichéd (it's not original, but a cool idea nonetheless), my biggest problem is that the story seems designed solely to set up a race of man-made mutants, which then only appear in a few books after this. This is a lot of setup for a payoff that doesn't really work, in my opinion. The art is decent. It's nothing to write home about, but I've seen much worse in bigger titles, so for what it's worth, it saves the book. Again, if this were a longer story I might've like it better, but in the end this feels like a typical Marvel tie-in title meant to set up something bigger. Too bad the payoff for it doesn't justify this four book series. That said, it's such a quick read it's worth getting a hand on it for free. If I had to pay, I'd skip this book and go for something with more appeal. You can get by without reading this, but if you do read it, it's not going to be a complete waste, either.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Francis Moffet

    Hickman writes a strong story, as always, and gives us plenty of action and moments of Hawkeye being the known, hard-working person he is. His relationship with Fury, one of mutual respect and trust, is interesting and nice to see. Hawkeye's past is possibly even darker than it is in 616, but this is the Ultimates universe, so that's not really a surprise. The problem with this book rests on one very small detail: In 616 Marvel, Hawkeye is a perfectly average human being with an extraordinary ski Hickman writes a strong story, as always, and gives us plenty of action and moments of Hawkeye being the known, hard-working person he is. His relationship with Fury, one of mutual respect and trust, is interesting and nice to see. Hawkeye's past is possibly even darker than it is in 616, but this is the Ultimates universe, so that's not really a surprise. The problem with this book rests on one very small detail: In 616 Marvel, Hawkeye is a perfectly average human being with an extraordinary skill who has earned the distinction of being the best because he's worked for it his whole life. It's the core of his character that he is aware he is a human on a team of superhumans and that he understands what he must give up in order to help save the world. The Hawkeye in this book has been experimented on, given specialized vision so that he's a better shot. I wouldn't have thought Hakweye's status as plain old human meant so much to me, but knowing that this Hawkeye comes equipped with what is, essentially, super-vision, removes a lot of Clint Barton from the equation, and I really like the Barton who has worked his whole life to be great.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Some pretty cool ideas in this book, but they don't quite pay off in the end. In fact, they straight up tell you to keep reading Hickman's Ultimates to find out what happens. I'm planning on reading the rest of Hickman's Ultimate stuff, but still, as a standalone book, this one leaves a lot to be desired. Hawkeye is called in to the SEAR (Southeast Asian Republic, which I guess is a fun way for the Ultimate universe to dump all the East Asian countries into one without having to worry about actua Some pretty cool ideas in this book, but they don't quite pay off in the end. In fact, they straight up tell you to keep reading Hickman's Ultimates to find out what happens. I'm planning on reading the rest of Hickman's Ultimate stuff, but still, as a standalone book, this one leaves a lot to be desired. Hawkeye is called in to the SEAR (Southeast Asian Republic, which I guess is a fun way for the Ultimate universe to dump all the East Asian countries into one without having to worry about actual political and cultural divisions) to acquire the Serum, a super-soldier formula that's turning thousands of SEAR soldiers into, well, X-Men I guess. A bunch of fighting ensues, a little sneaking, the Hulk does some stuff, and then there's about a minute of moral ambiguity and it's over. No resolution, no real answers to speak of. Just "To Be Continued." It's pretty frustrating, honestly. Despite all that, Hickman delivers his usual flare on the writing itself. It's a thrill to read the action scenes, and the dialogue is quick and snappy. I just wish there was more to this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Terry Collins

    Interesting thriller that cherry picks from what was once known as "the Marvel Universe" to set up the pulse-pounding pending big-ass senses-shattering, hot new superstar artist, you must not miss because in this issue - somebody dies! etc. caravan of hype Marvel presents to their readership these days. Confusing storytelling had me rereading pages several times to figure out what was going on exactly. As far as I can tell, according to this story-line, Hawkeye is a mutant - which is why he's st Interesting thriller that cherry picks from what was once known as "the Marvel Universe" to set up the pulse-pounding pending big-ass senses-shattering, hot new superstar artist, you must not miss because in this issue - somebody dies! etc. caravan of hype Marvel presents to their readership these days. Confusing storytelling had me rereading pages several times to figure out what was going on exactly. As far as I can tell, according to this story-line, Hawkeye is a mutant - which is why he's stolen Bullseye's slogan "The Man Who Never Misses." Of course, this is followed up by a four issue mini-series where Hawkeye's abilities are useless. Nick Fury or the Black Widow, or any competent S.H.I.E.L.D. for that matter, could have completed the assignment. Like I say, there's an interesting story here but it is needlessly muddled. Worth checking out at your local public library (which is where I picked up this collection), but not the $14.95 cover price.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    With The Red Wing, Red Mass for Mars and FF I really thought writer Jonathan Hickman was a comer. If this hadn't been so short I would have tossed it completely aside. The usual attractiuon for me with character mini-series is a chance to have a story where depth is added to the character. Here, zero, a complete zero as to adding to the reader's understanding of who Clint Barton is and why he ended up part of The Program (nor are we told what the program is). In addition, I am growing more irrita With The Red Wing, Red Mass for Mars and FF I really thought writer Jonathan Hickman was a comer. If this hadn't been so short I would have tossed it completely aside. The usual attractiuon for me with character mini-series is a chance to have a story where depth is added to the character. Here, zero, a complete zero as to adding to the reader's understanding of who Clint Barton is and why he ended up part of The Program (nor are we told what the program is). In addition, I am growing more irritated with TPBs that tie into two or three other TPBs that I am not interested in (apparently every Marvel Ultimate title from what I can gather). The plot is not especially original. So we have a super human arms race beginning? Didn't Warren Ellis and arguably Bill Mantlo do that story years ago?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Camila

    3,5 | Not a huge fan of the artwork, which kind of dampened my interest in the story up until the third part. Pretty average, I'd say. (12/12/2018) 2 | Yeah, the reread didn't do this any favors. I wanted to see if it was as bad as I remembered, and oh boy. The story is generic at best, and everyone is so lacking in personal characteristics, they feel like superhero placeholders. Thor could've filled in for Hulk without a hitch for all the difference it would make. I also straight up dislike this 3,5 | Not a huge fan of the artwork, which kind of dampened my interest in the story up until the third part. Pretty average, I'd say. (12/12/2018) 2 | Yeah, the reread didn't do this any favors. I wanted to see if it was as bad as I remembered, and oh boy. The story is generic at best, and everyone is so lacking in personal characteristics, they feel like superhero placeholders. Thor could've filled in for Hulk without a hitch for all the difference it would make. I also straight up dislike this Hawkeye. There's nothing to him! He's just kind of there, even in the flashbacks - his only characteristic is that he's loyal to Fury. The artwork is good, actually, especially the cenarios. But I'm still not a fan of the every-muscle-in-this-man's-body-casts-a-shadow style, so that's a no form me. (29/08/2020)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anchorpete

    After reading the first few issues of Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates, By Jonathan Hickman, I was slightly confused, but I was able to decipher what was going on. My main question was "Is Hickman so bold that he would throw us into such a complex story and have us figure it out?" While Hickman does something like this on a much smaller scale in his other works, I needed to read Ultimate Comics Hawkeye to see how the whole conflict began. With this first piece in place, it created this fantastic t After reading the first few issues of Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates, By Jonathan Hickman, I was slightly confused, but I was able to decipher what was going on. My main question was "Is Hickman so bold that he would throw us into such a complex story and have us figure it out?" While Hickman does something like this on a much smaller scale in his other works, I needed to read Ultimate Comics Hawkeye to see how the whole conflict began. With this first piece in place, it created this fantastic tapestry in the Ultimate Comics universe, which Hickman is currently doing in the regular 616 Marvel Universe with Avengers and Infinity. I loved this. Big Story, Big ideas, and a guy who never misses.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    The man with the deadliest aim in the Ultimate universe goes on a solo mission that has a serious impact on his universe in this collection by Jonathan Hickman. This story not only gives us some of Clint Barton's back story, but also gives us the Ultimate's version of both Xorn and the phrase "No more mutants." Clint is called into a grave situation in southeast Asia, as tensions are erupting with the results of a deadly arms race reaching a fever pitch. A fast paced read, nothing ground breaking The man with the deadliest aim in the Ultimate universe goes on a solo mission that has a serious impact on his universe in this collection by Jonathan Hickman. This story not only gives us some of Clint Barton's back story, but also gives us the Ultimate's version of both Xorn and the phrase "No more mutants." Clint is called into a grave situation in southeast Asia, as tensions are erupting with the results of a deadly arms race reaching a fever pitch. A fast paced read, nothing ground breaking, but a decent super-hero story with decent dialog. Even though I haven't read a ton of the Ultimate universe titles, I found this to be fun. If you like the Ultimates, Hawkeye, or just looking for a fun and quick read you may want to consider this one.

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